Sale 1078 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 16-17 September, 2014

Category — Air Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
629
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Sale 1078, Lot 629, Air Post6c-24c 1918-23 Air Post (C1-C6). Mint N.H., fresh, rich colors, No. C5 appears reperfed at right although not mentioned on accompanying P.F. certificate, all but No. C4 with P.F. certificate (four 1974 and one 1980)

700
500
630
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Sale 1078, Lot 630, Air Post16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,375.00), only one has graded higher

130
900
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631
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Sale 1078, Lot 631, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Block of six, bottom stamps Mint N.H., rich colors, choice centering, Extremely Fine, scarce with every stamp so well-centered, Scott Retail as singles

630
300
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632
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Sale 1078, Lot 632, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Mint N.H. block of four, brilliant colors, choice centering, top right stamp trivial natural inclusions, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, Scott Retail as singles

560
190
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633
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Sale 1078, Lot 633, Air Post24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6). Mint N.H., intense shade on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem

140
750
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634
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Sale 1078, Lot 634, Air Post24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6). Bottom plate no. 14842 block of six, two tiny gum disturbance specks, otherwise Mint N.H., Very Fine, with 1977 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

1,850
700
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635
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Sale 1078, Lot 635, Air Post24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6). Wide bottom plate no. 14841 margin block of six, top three lightly hinged, bottom three Mint N.H., Very Fine

1,850
650
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636
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Sale 1078, Lot 636, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Mint N.H., rich colors, Very Fine and choice set

1,900
900
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637
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Sale 1078, Lot 637, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Mint N.H., fresh colors, Fine-Very Fine

1,900
950
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638
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Sale 1078, Lot 638, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Mint N.H., rich colors, Fine-Very Fine

1,900
850
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639
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Sale 1078, Lot 639, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). $1.30 small h.r., rich colors, Fine-Very Fine

1,155
750
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640
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Sale 1078, Lot 640, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Rich colors, Fine-Very Fine set, also incl. three Spain stamps (Nos. 397-399, cat. $14.65)

1,155
750
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641
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Sale 1078, Lot 641, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Incl. two 65c, $1.30 small h.r., Very Fine

1,335
700
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642
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Sale 1078, Lot 642, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c unused (regummed), Fine-Very Fine

1,155
600
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643
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Sale 1078, Lot 643, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Disturbed original gum, first two no evidence of hinging, last lightly hinged, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

1,155
750
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644
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Sale 1078, Lot 644, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c barest trace of hinging, other two Mint N.H., $2.60 couple natural gum creases, Very Fine set

1,805
750
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645
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Sale 1078, Lot 645, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c Mint N.H., other two small h.r.'s, 65c natural gum bends, $1.30 trivial stained perf tip, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, each with 1978 P.F. certificate

1,250
550
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646
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Sale 1078, Lot 646, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). 65c minor h.r., other two Mint N.H., fresh and Fine-Very Fine

1,900
850
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647
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Sale 1078, Lot 647, Air Post$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Mint N.H. block of four, radiant color and crisp impression, well-balanced margins, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, a beautiful block, Scott Retail as singles

2,600
1,300
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648°
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Sale 1078, Lot 648, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Mint N.H., incredibly intense shade and impression, perfectly centered on bright paper with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.60 GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY TWO ARE GRADED HIGHER.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,250.00)

975
3,250
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649°
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Sale 1078, Lot 649, Air Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Original gum, lightly hinged, large margins all around, rich color on crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE. THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST SINGLE IN EXISTENCE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tête-bêche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used. Based on previous examples we have handled, at least some of the Buffalo Balloon stamps were exposed to moisture around the time they were printed. The example offered here should be considered a condition rarity.

Ex Silver. With 1983 and 2014 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

7,500
12,000
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